Cablegate: Turkey Committed to Assisting Pakistan But

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E.O. 12958: N/A

Ref: (A) STATE 200915 (B) ANKARA 6447 AND PREVIOUS

1. (SBU) On November 2, MFA officer Sebnem Incesu
reiterated Turkey's commitment to assisting Pakistan. As
noted in ref B, Turkey's initial pledge of USD 150 million
led the list of international donors in terms of dollar
amount. Incesu stated that a final decision regarding
what additional assistance Turkey might offer at the next
donor conference should be forthcoming the week of
November 7.

2. (SBU) According to the MFA, Turkey has thus far donated
supplies and equipment totaling USD 12.6 million and plans
to provide a total of USD 24.1 million. In addition it
has sent seventy search and rescue personnel, 156 Red
Crescent personnel, three ambulances, three search dogs,
six vehicles, one motorcycle, and a fifty-bed capacity
field hospital.

3. (SBU) As of October 31, Turkey has provided USD 68
million of the USD 150 million it has pledged, but it
remains unclear how much was donated to humanitarian
assistance and how much to reconstruction. Incesu agreed
to clarify this for us the week of November 7. In regards
to the UN flash appeal, Turkey plans to provide a total of
USD 3 million to UN organizations as follows:
-- UNDP USD 500,000
-- UNICEF USD 500,000
-- WHO USD 500,000
-- WFP USD 750,000
-- UNHCR USD 500,000
-- OCHA USD 250,000

4. (SBU) Comment: Due to the end of Ramazan holiday,
which begins at 13:00 in Turkey on November 2 and lasts
through November 6, many GOT officials are away from the
office. Post will follow-up with the MFA during the week
of November 7 to determine Turkey's plans for the upcoming
donor conference. End comment.


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